The Perception of Time

Time is a funny thing. When we feel rushed and overwhelmed, we don’t have enough time; when we are relaxed and comfortable, time is on our side. When we are bored or disengaged, time drags us down.

Time however is eternal. It is not based on our moods or level of being busy. It carries on through grief, loss and heartache. It is a steady in the ebb and flow of our lives. It is our perception of time that will create our associations to it. We decide if it is our friend or our foe. When challenges arise, we have the tendency to detest time; we may even question existentially why and when this happened and what possibly could be its purpose. Sometimes we live in denial as we believe we have all the time in the world.

Perhaps the answer begins in the now. Recognizing that we create our perception of time based on our moods and feelings is the first step in accepting the reality of time; that it is eternal and its existence need not to carry so much weight. When we are feeling joyful, that is when time in its eternity, shows itself in its true colours. The answer then is to ask ourselves “How do I want to spend my time?” Here. Now. Today.

As Mother Teresa so wisely put it:

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

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